The British Studies Faculty
Edward Bujak, PhD
Associate Professor of Modern British History
Edward Bujak is a member of the British faculty at Harlaxton College teaching British Studies: Historical Perspectives. He has a PhD from the University of East Anglia, is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, and writes on the English country house estate.
David Green, PhD
Senior Lecturer in British Studies and History
David Green is a graduate of the universities of Exeter (BA) and Nottingham (MA, PhD). Before coming to Harlaxton in 2007, he lived and worked in England, Scotland, and Ireland, teaching at the universities of Sheffield, St Andrews, and Trinity College, Dublin. Between 2009 and 2016 he chaired the British Studies program and is now the chair of Harlaxton's Faculty Council. A Fellow of the Royal Historical Society with interests in late medieval Britain, Ireland, and France, his research deals with themes central to the British Studies course such as kingship, colonialism, and concepts of national identity. His most recent monograph is The Hundred Years War: A People's History (Yale University Press, 2014; pbk edn 2015), and he is the co-editor of a new interdisciplinary collection which discusses The Plantagenet Empire, 1259-1453 (Shaun Tyas, 2016).
Oliver Haslam, PhD
Assistant Professor of British Studies
Oliver completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Kent, graduating with a degree in English and American Literature in 2016. He then studied at UCL, receiving an MA in English: Issues in Modern Culture in 2017.
He received a Doctoral College studentship from Loughborough University in 2017. Oliver’s PhD thesis explored the origins and development of literary minimalism as an aesthetic form throughout the twentieth and twenty-first century. This observed the historical arc of both literary minimalism and the Minimalism art movement, leading into an analysis of writers such as Ernest Hemingway, Joan Didion, and Raymond Carver. Oliver has presented his work at multiple international conferences.
He has previously worked as a university teacher at Loughborough University for two years and was awarded Fellow of the Higher Education Academy/Advance HE (FHEA) in 2020.
Emily Stammitti, PhD
Professor Emily Stammitti is a Program Director at Harlaxton College, University of Evansville. She obtained her PhD at the University of Edinburgh, focusing on submerged inland landscapes. She created community programming around the benefits of underwater archaeology outreach in communities and gained qualifications as a professional scientific and archaeological diver during her studies. She has researched, spoken, and taught extensively across Scotland and England, spending years working as a professional archaeologist, heritage consultant and educator. Emily currently serves as the Education and Outreach Officer for the Enabled Archaeology Foundation and sits on the board of trustees of the Archbishop's Palace Conservation Trust, guiding best archaeological practice and driving for equality, diversity, and inclusion across the sector. She has won a range of public speaking awards and developed bespoke, award-winning community education programmes in coordination with the Wellcome Trust and the HLF. Emily joins Harlaxton College with 15-years of industry and academic experience, equipped with stories about being chased by seals in California, hunting for shipwrecks in Scotland and being perched on by meerkats in central England.
Discipline-Specific British Faculty
Michael Earley, PhD
Michael Earley, who specialises in teaching Acting, Shakespeare and Performance and contemporary British Theatre, was formerly Dean of Performing Arts and Professor of Drama and Theatre at LASALLE College of the Arts in Singapore. He was previously Professor of Drama, Principal and Chief Executive Officer of Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance in Sidcup, London, where he led this top British conservatoire from 2009-17. He is now Professor Emeritus of Drama and Theatre at Rose Bruford. He was previously Professor of Drama and Head of the Lincoln School of Performing Arts and Producing Director of the Lincoln Performing Arts Centre (LPAC), projects that he inaugurated at the University of Lincoln (UK). An American by birth, he had an extensive career in the United States where he was Assistant Professor and Director of the undergraduate Theatre Studies Program at Yale University and on the faculty of the Drama Department at the Juilliard School and also taught theatre at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. He did his undergraduate BA studies in English Literature and Drama at Rutgers University and his postgraduate studies in the PhD Program in Theatre, University and Graduate Center, City University of New York. Professor Earley has also worked as Editorial and Publishing Director of Methuen Drama publishers in London, where he published such authors as Arthur Miller, Peter Brook, Sarah Kane, Caryl Churchill, the complete works of Stanislavsky, Meyerhold, Bertolt Brecht and many more, including two Nobel Prize Literature Laureates: Wole Soyinka and Dario Fo. As Chief Producer of Plays for BBC Radio Drama he directed over 50 productions for broadcast over Radio 3 and Radio 4. His publications have included books on acting and theatre history, including Soliloquy! The Shakespeare Monologues. He has frequently travelled to Russia on research visits to the Moscow Art Theatre School and the Russian State Academy of Performing Arts in St Petersburg. He is currently Academic Adviser for Stage Russia and is writing a new book about the relationship between Russian theatre directors and innovators Konstantin Stanislavsky and Vsevolod Meyerhold. In China and Southeast Asia he has done workshops that fuse Eastern and Western approaches to acting, theatre training and arts education. He has lectured and presented workshops at Peking University, Shanghai Theatre Academy, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Xinghai Conservatory of Music and Tianjin Conservatory of Music.
Ian Welsh, MBA
Vice Principal for Business and Technology, Lecturer in Marketing
With an MBA from the Nottingham Business School, Professor Welsh has taught a popular introductory course in marketing for the last 14 years. His academic interests include the development and effects of consumerism in higher education and service marketing in general. In addition, he serves as the College's Vice Principal for Business and Technology, a varied and interesting role which keeps him busy!
Professor Welsh served as chairman (2012-2015) of the Association of American Study Abroad Programs in the United Kingdom (http://www.aasapuk.org/) and remains on its Executive Committee. AASAP/UK was established in 1991 to represent the 120 or so American study abroad programs in the UK. It provides a forum for program directors and administrative staff to discuss and respond to common issues, in order to meet the needs of the present and anticipate the demands of the future for US study abroad in the UK.
Before Harlaxton College, Professor Welsh began his career in data processing management at a large London based group of Builders Merchants, at a time when computers were only just being introduced into the mainstream business arena. This was an exciting time to be 'in computing' and he has maintained a passion for technology ever since. He continued to develop his career and, via sojourns in operational and financial management, progressed to the financial directorship of a Midlands based retail group.
Tim Williams, MA, MPhil, PhD, FRCO (DipCHD)
Director of Music and Lecturer in Music
Dr Tim Williams moved to Grantham on completion of his PhD in Musicology at Cambridge University in 2008, where in his final months he held the post of Lecturer and Director of Studies in Music at Trinity College, covering for the regular post-holder’s sabbatical. Although he enjoyed academic life, Dr Williams was keen to expand his experience and horizons in church music, as an organist and choirmaster, and moved to Lincolnshire, where he is Director of Music at St Wulfram’s Church, the parish and civic church of Grantham.
During his years in Grantham, Dr Williams has overseen the development of a thriving parish church music department, which now features cathedral-standard choral initiatives for children, teenage and adult singers. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists (FRCO) and a professionally qualified choir director (DipCHD). Under his direction, the choristers have sung in iconic UK landmarks such as Westminster Abbey, Canterbury Cathedral and York Minster. Dr Williams enjoys the day-to-day rhythm of teaching and training choristers, and rehearsing choral music for church services, exploring music that reflects the changing seasons of the liturgical year.
In parallel to his vocation in church music, Dr Williams works in local schools, helping to animate music, he teaches the organ for the Young Organ Scholars’ Trust, he tutors for the Royal School of Church Music including on national courses, and since 2013 he has also trained and directed Harlaxton College Choir. He enjoys the experience and perspective that is enabled by forming a new choir each semester of students, staff, faculty and families.
Dr Williams has published on aspects of sacred music (including on chorister recruitment and retention, on the Covid-19 pandemic and virtual choirs, and on the role and needs of teenagers in church music). His research methods in church music history include many engagement projects with source material and performance practice – this resulted in a publication ‘Rethinking Early Music in a Time of Isolation’, co-authored with Professor Magnus Williamson (Newcastle University) in Early Music (Oxford University Press, 2022). Wider research interests, dating back to his PhD on the symphony in mid-Victorian concert life, include subjects such as canon and marginalisation, music reception history in culture, and the role of the listener in shaping musical experience.
Charles graduated from the University of Liverpool with a degree in Environmental Biology. He then went on to the University of Nottingham where he received a Postgraduate Certificate in Education. During his many years working in education, Charles has held a diverse range of positions which include Advanced Skills Teacher in Essex through to leading a faculty as Head of Science at St George’s Academy, Lincolnshire. He currently teaches at both The King’s School and Harlaxton College. He is a passionate advocate for instilling in students the need to understand the living world.